Playwrights' Competition Calendar

June 2014

2nd June – 1st September

Bush Theatre Submissions window

Our Summer/Autumn submission window is open from 9am on 2 June 2014 and closes at 5pm on 1 September 2014. During this period, please email your proposals to and include, as a separate attachment, a fully completed cover sheet which you can download here.

We are unable to receive or read unsolicited scripts that are:

  • sent to us by post
  • without a cover sheet
  • not full-length plays (1 hour +)
  • previously produced
  • from writers from outside of the UK and Ireland
  • sent outside our submissions windows.
  • that have been previously submitted to us
  • website


2nd – 30th June

Open Session – Bristol Old Vic

For one month we open up to read new and previously unproduced plays from playwrights living and working in the South West we will be further developing our conversations with regional writing talent by offering bespoke packages of development for the five plays that gets our pulses racing as well as the top twenty plays receiving full readers’ reports.

What we are looking for: –

  • Submissions must be from playwrights living and working in the South West. We define this as playwrights based the counties of Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset and the unitary authorities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, North Somerset, Bournemouth, Poole, Plymouth, Torbay and Wiltshire. At the moment we are not able to consider work from writers who are based outside of the region.
  • An original script that has not been previously produced. Plays that have emerged from a developmental stage (e.g. rehearsed readings or workshops) will be accepted.
  • Complete plays. If it is much over 100 pages, it may benefit from editing.

How do I submit my completed script?

  • You may only submit one script for this round. Take time to consider a piece of your work that is best representative of your theatrical voice. We want to get a sense of your individuality.
  • Please do not send second drafts or resubmissions of works you have previously sent in to us.
  • Please do not send us scripts for radio, film, television or adaptations of other work.
  • Put your name, play title and full contact details (address with post code, phone & email) on a detachable covering sheet. This will be removed and safely stowed as all submissions will be judged anonymously.
  • Website


4th June

Time Zone Theatre Company

1914 – 2014: The Last Days of Mankind (working title)

In the year of the 100. anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, we invite British and international playwrights to write a play in response to Austrian writer Karl Kraus’s epic The Last Days of Mankind. Out of all submissions received, one play will be selected to be performed for a 4-weeks-run at Tristan Bates Theatre in autumn 2014, together with the epilogue of Karl Kraus’s work. The successful writer will receive a fee of £ 1,000. 

The project explores what Kraus’s play The Last Days of Mankind means in Great Britain nowadays. What relevance does this play have in our time and to a British audience? We are interested in thought-provoking plays and are open to all kind of work, which can also be inspired by thoughts such as:

  • War – absurdity or necessity?
  • Glorification vs. Vergangenheitsbewältigung: Different perceptions of the war in the UK and Austria.
  • Propaganda: Which role plays the media in global conflicts nowadays?
  • From 1914 to 2014: What has changed?

Plays should have a running time between 60 and 80 minutes.

  • Plays must require a cast NO GREATER THAN 4 (the play can have more characters).
  • Plays must be relevant to our time and Great Britain and should use Kraus’s play as inspiration, this can be with regards to content and/or style. However, we are looking for original plays and Kraus’s work should be nothing more than an inspiration. 
  • The play can either lead into Kraus’s epilogue and use it as its last scene, OR it can be a self-contained play. The running time of 60-80 minutes applies in any case to the ORIGINAL PART OF THE PLAY.
  • Plays must be suitable to be performed in a studio space with an approximate size of the stage of 6.40m x 6.80m.
  • The call is open to writers with any level of experience.
If you are interested in participating, please send an email to to receive a copy of Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind.
6th June
Cro Magnon Theatre – Scream
The Cro Magnon Theatre is excited to announce its first night of theatre. We will present our first theme: SCREAM in August. We are accepting scripts on the topic Scream until the 6th June.
“The men I painted were all in extreme situation, and the scream is a transcription of their pain. Animals scream when they are frightened or in pain, so do children. But men are more discrete and more inhibited. They do not cry or scream except in situations of extreme pain. We come into this world with a scream and we often also die with a scream. Perhaps the scream is the most direct symbol of the human condition.” [Francis Bacon]

We are looking for short plays with a run time of no more than 20 mins. If you are selected you will not only have your play performed, you will also be invited to write for our next theatre night.



9th June

10 minutes to…

Live Theatre is launching 10 Minutes To a brand new event in which five playwrights are matched with five directors and given the opportunity to write a 10 minute play that responds to a particular theme.

For the first of these events we want writers to respond to the theme Save the World.

We will select five writers and five directors to meet at a networking evening to discuss their ideas and the ways in which they like to work. From these conversations we will then pair up writers and directors to work together.

The networking evening for writers and directors will take place on the  Wednesday 18 June (Applicants must be available for this event).

Writers and directors will then have two weeks to complete the piece, cast it and be ready for an intensive rehearsal weekend on the Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July. This will culminate in a public off book performance on the evening of Sunday 6 July.


Send us a synopsis/outline (100 words max) of the short play you would like to write in response to our theme along with a short example of your writing.

  • Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes
  • No more than 4 characters
  • Be able to be performed with minimal staging and technical support

Email submissions to by 10 Minutes To 10am on Monday 9 June.



9th June

Plays at the TRON

The Tron Theatre are looking for short 15 minute plays in response to The Commonwealth Games.

These plays will be performed as readings during Glasgow 2014 as part of The Tron’s Home Nations Programme.  The scripts should be a response to the athletes, events, sports, political issues or scandals of The Commonwealth Games since 1930.  We would like these plays to take us on an interesting, alternative journey.

Scripts should be no more than 15 pages and have no more than five characters.

Please email submissions to with the heading ‘Commonwealth Plays’ by Monday 9th of June 2014.



12th June

Menagerie – 1 Page Play competition

Menagerie is now accepting entries for the One Page Play Competition which will take place at this year’s
Hotbed, Cambridge’s premier new writing festival.
All entries will be read and the best will be performed by professional actors throughout the Hotbed
weekend at Cambridge Junction. We are looking for 24 scripts. Audience members will vote on the best
play out of those presented and the winner will receive £100 to donate to a charity of their choice. This is a
fantastic opportunity for everyone to put their words to the test and get the chance to see their work come
to life in a professional theatrical arena.
The one page plays can be about ANY subject from current politics to soap opera relationships. The
possibilities are endless. The only RULES are:
 1 Page of A4 only (10-12 point text)
 No more than 8 actors featured in the play
 The duration should be no longer than 4 minutes
All we need now is some creative writing! To enter, just email your one page play to before 12th June 2014.
 Please put ONE PAGE PLAY clearly in the subject line of your email
 Also, please present your play as an attachment. Your attachment needs to be named with THE



20th June

Ensemble UK – Injustice

EnsembleUK are looking to work with up to three writers on a series of 20-minute plays supported by the crime prevention charity Only Connect.

The winners of this brief will get the opportunity to develop a play over a period of three months from June to August 2014 with actors from EnsembleUK and Only Connect. They will be mentored and supported throughout the process. The plays will then run at the Only Connect Theatre in King’s Cross.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to have your work showcased in front of an audience of industry professionals at a central London venue.

Two runners-up will have the chance to have their scripts produced as radio plays, recorded in the Only Connect recording studios, and broadcast on their radio station.

The judges are looking for considered and original script ideas from writers that show promise of really benefitting from the workshop process and showcase opportunity.



27th June

Roundhouse Radio (Writers 16-25)

Writers! Want to get your work performed and recorded? Roundhouse is looking for five original radio plays to produce for its youth-led radio station, Roundhouse Radio.  

Roundhouse Radio is producing a new generation of radio talent. They’re looking for short plays – no more than 15 minutes long – which will appeal to their youth audience. Plays should contain no more than four characters. At least five short plays will be recorded by professional actors and broadcast on Roundhouse Radio. 

Winning writers will each receive a £100 fee. They will also hear their original scripts brought to life by paid actors in a professional studio environment. Each winning play will be aired on Roundhouse Radio and playwrights will be given a recording of the finished product to use as a promotional tool afterwards. 

They will also receive a one-hour mentoring session with Alexandra Arlango, development producer at Cowboy Films.

The judges of this brief are looking for original concepts that are relevant to Roundhouse Radio’s young audience.

Open to writers aged 16-25. Apply via IdeasTap by 27 June.


30th June

West Yorkshire Playhouse – Unsolicited Script Readings

We do read ALL scripts sent to us though it does take some time to read and respond. We do have a bias towards writers and artists in and from our region (loosely Yorkshire, Humberside and its environs) and so you are more likely to have a full read, a full report and a meeting if you are from here. Otherwise we are more likely to suggest you contact a theatre or producer in your region.


Put your name and full contact details (address/phone/email) ON YOUR SCRIPT. Not just on the letter that comes with it (even if you have emailed it). Page numbers and legible type are helpful too.

Include a Stamped Addressed Envelope if you want your script returned (NB not just stamps or even worse those irritating international mail order things).

Include a Stamped Addressed Response Card if you want acknowledgement of receipt.

Include the whole script NOT just the first 10 pages.

Print and post the script (ie don’t send by email unless we’ve specifically requested it) to


Alex Chisholm

Associate Director (Literary)

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Quarry Hill

Leeds LS2 7UP



Call after a few weeks. It can take around 6 months for a script to be read and processed, longer if we are busy. We will get in touch once we’ve read it.

Send your only copy. We really try very hard not to lose scripts, but with many plays going through many hands occasionally it does happen.

Send more than one script at a time. We’ll ask if we want to see more of your work.

Re-submit a play unless we’ve asked to see it again. Particularly don’t re-submit a play that we are currently looking at – it gets very confusing.





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